Melrose Rep, Gina Lempa, nominated for Rep of the Year!
Gifts and Dec announces the Retail Excellence Awards and look who is nominated…
Recently, Gifts and Dec named its nominees for the 62nd Annual Retailer Excellence Awards and we are thrilled that our own rep, Gina Lempa, was nominated with two other reps from across the nation, for Rep of the Year!
Gina was nominated by Kathleen Roberts of Potted Petals in Lombard, IL. In her nomination, Kathleen said that while she owns a “small shop” and doesn’t purchase a lot of product, Gina never treats her differently from other customers. “She is always willing to bring the mobile showroom around or meet me at market. She has even dropped off promotional gifts usually saved for high volume customers.”
Kathleen added that she likes working with Gina because she “is honest with her opinions” and will tell you if “a product would fit in your shop or not.”
For her part, Gina was blown away by her nomination. She said “I could barely believe it when I read my nomination letter from Gifts and Dec editor Caroline Kennedy. I just kept thinking, this isn’t real.”
When it comes to Gina’s reputation, take it from Kathleen when she says, “I could not ask for a better rep. I wish there were more like her in the industry!”
Both Melrose, and Gina, thank Kathleen for the nomination! The award ceremony will take place Sunday, August 18, at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City—stay tuned for the announcement of winners (we’re wishing “good luck to all,” but have our fingers crossed for Gina).
**Update, the 2013 Outstanding Manufacturers’ Rep was Ann Proctor Fuller of Rosse and Associates.